Mineapalooza, the Sydney Minecraft convention, is now one month away. There’s been some concern about the lack of detail on the website and the fact the venue still doesn’t list Mineapalooza as an upcoming event. So this morning, I had a chat with James B. Gosse, the man behind the event.
Right up-front Gosse is adamant that everything is fine and Mineapalooza is going ahead. In regards to the venue, he says: “We have signed a commitment letter. We are committed.” There’s a strong line-up of events including panels with SethBling – who is huge in the Minecraft community – and who has confirmed he is going.
Gosse admited there have been some teething problems getting Mineapalooza up and running. He attributed those largely to the fact his organisation hasn’t run an event before and so was on a steep learning curve. He feels that learning will pay off as his aim is to build a sustainable annual event. Gosse also said that he’d tried to copy Mojang’s approach to convention organisation, but that, “When they do something everyone thinks its mysterious and cool; when we do it, it raises questions.”
He went on to say bluntly: ““Look this isn’t a scam. We don’t even get the money until the event is on.”
All that said, it’s understandable that people might remain concerned when handing over a significant sum of money to a company that doesn’t put an address on its website. The Sydney Exhibition Centre has re-stated this morning that they don’t have an agreement with Mineapalooza yet and that as soon as they do they’ll add Mineapalooza to their list of upcoming events. While there’s no reason to think anything will go wrong with Mineapalooza the safest course of action is to watch that Exhibition Centre list.